"ASTA has learned of the passing of James D. Santini, former congressman from Nevada and government affairs representative for the National Tour Association. Jim was held in the highest esteem by those who knew him. ASTA enjoyed his wise counsel for many years as we collaborated on issues of common interest to travel agents and tour operators. His fierce determination was coupled with a disarming western charm. His insights into the political process benefited all who were fortunate to work with him. Jim will be greatly missed."
Rebranded in 2018 as the American Society of Travel Advisors, ASTA is the leading global advocate for travel advisors, the travel industry and the traveling public. Its members represent 80 percent of all travel sold in the United States through the travel agency distribution channel. Together with hundreds of internationally-based members, ASTA’s history of industry advocacy traces back to its founding in 1931 when it launched with the mission to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism. For more information about the Society, visit ASTA.org. Consumers can connect with an ASTA travel advisor at TravelSense.org.